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Child development and its significance in art therapy across the life cycle

At birth, a baby’s brain is a quarter of the size of an adult brain. This doubles in the first year and is 90% formed by age 5. A new-born has all of the neurons required for the rest of their life, but it is the connections between these cells that make the brain work. This course will explore child development from a trauma informed, biopsychological and attachment perspective. It will examine the crucial and unique role that art therapy can play in both pinpointing and reworking poorly nego

Saturday 15th October 2022

10.00am - 16.00pm


(Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent 1 week before)

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**This course is open to UK and Overseas qualified and trainee Art Therapists and other interested professionals from related fields. Also targeted to practitioners working with early years, children and young people – also of significance for those working across the life stages **


To deepen knowledge and understanding of biopsychosocial factors influencing child development. Improve ability to identify signs of developmental delay, developmental trauma and autism. This course will enable you to apply creative techniques and exercises to support developmental delay.


  • Teaching: Sequential child development trajectory pre birth-5


  • Experiential Exercise: Children’s drawing development


  • Interactive Exercise: Identifying active ingredients necessary for good enough child development and linking these to successful art therapy intervention.


  • Small Group Exercise: Looking at developmental assessment tools



Mary Rose Brady is a State Registered Consultant Art Psychotherapist, Parenting Practitioner and Lecturer with over 25 years’ experience specialising in the impact of trauma in child and adolescent development. Mary Rose’s belief in the powerfully unique role that making art plays in trauma intervention began early in her career when co establishing the Post Graduate Art Psychotherapy course in the Netherlands. Here, she was involved in Asylum Seeker Centres assessing the impact of war on children’s drawing development and was invited to present at a Governmental conference in St Petersburg on the therapeutic use of art with traumatised populations. She continues to work with, support and advise charities on the therapeutic use of art with trauma and developmental delay in the UK and overseas and has supported work with trafficked children and families in Mumbai. Mary Rose is a guest lecturer on trauma and child development at a number of Universities and Institutes including the University of Hertfordshire, the Institute of Arts in Education and the Anna Freud Centre


Additional Information:

PLEASE NOTE: Booking closes 1 week before


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £100.00


Full Underemployed Member: £110.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £120.00


Associate Member: £120.00


Employer Funded Members: £165.00


Trainee BAAT Member: £100.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £195.00


x3 Reduced places (BAAT Members - Student or Unemployed): £75.00



Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Details Request - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.



Convenors: Mary-Rose Brady

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